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mikemich

Boxes for 1:25 Car collection / storage recommendations?

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Hi from Detroit!   Years ago I inherited my dad's 1:25 car collection which, along with my own diecast model collection - have been safely stored and displayed  in custom built-in cases in my Mom's house for 30-50 years now.  I will need to begin boxing all of these models individually...first the 1:25 (Johann etc) Promo cars.  I'm just venturing into the online universe to try and find out how/where to find storage boxes in order to move the collection to another location.  Ideally I'd like some inexpensive cardboard boxes that are close to the original-size boxes most of them were sold in.  Unfortunately only a relatively small # of the original boxes were saved.   

Similarly I'll have the same task for the diecasts and miscellaneous toys/accessories in that smaller size range.  

Sorry if this isn't the right category to post this question in but it seemed to be the one that best matched it.  I'd welcome any of your advice on how to source boxes...and whether there is any other popular exchange to discuss this particular issue.  

THANKS!

MIKE

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Thanks Tom.  I'm sure they are great boxes.  

I was considering also, something like sports card boxes or otherwise trying to 'repurpose' boxes of a similar size if that route could be more economical.   I've seen some comments about 500-count sports card storage boxes.  Just considering options.  And as far as the smaller-scale diecasts, that may be the more difficult box size IF i am going to store them.

Sorry for elementary questions already long-answered but seeing as how these will likely just be going from one house to another - to be placed in a different display case, I may just carefully move them in bulk.  Then comes the question of display case ideas...both for the large scale and diecasts.  May just wind up custom building something though.  THANKS!

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I've found the Spotlight Hobbies boxes to be a bit flimsy.   For sturdy boxes to store kits and promos that don't have their original boxes, I use the 550 count sports card storage boxes.  Very sturdy. 

Edited by Rob Hall

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I agree with Rob, the 550 count baseball card boxes are all I use!

 

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Yep!  What they said!  550 count sports card boxes and your gentle packing tissue of choice!

 

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Why waste money buying boxes just to move them?  get some moving boxes and a roll of bubble wrap.

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The problem with the 550 sports cards is finding them. I no longer have local card dealers which means ordering them online.

 

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you need to call a paper supply company in your area, the boxes you are looking for are called tuck top folders aka baseball card  boxes. they dont cost to much, just tell them the size you need.

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i bought 100 of these in prep of a cross country move

 

https://www.ebay.com/itm/50-8x4x2-White-Corrugated-Shipping-Mailer-Packing-Box-Boxes/290784344841?hash=item43b418fb09:g:jxYAAOSwjL5ZME~Z

 

edit, just double ck'd. The ones I bought are 11 x 4 x 3 . best i remember They were under $100 for  100 boxes , delivered  ( bought them last year )

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Check your local liquor store for wine bottle boxes with dividers; they worked well for me in an 1800-mile move. I put each car in a sealable plastic bag in case anything fell off.

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No matter what boxes you use for storing your collection be sure to store those boxes in low heat and humidity conditions. I have some boxes that were stored in an attic for 50 years(yes I said 50 years) and the kit boxes became brittle,the decals and any tissue paper simply crumbled when touched. Just a word of caution might save a lot of grief later.

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500-550 count card boxes are a good choice. They are pretty sturdy.  They are what i use to package my resin bodies, as do many other resin casters.

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